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Radio Host Sorry for Calling Ocasio-Cortez a 'Transgendered' Joe Biden

Radio Host Sorry for Calling Ocasio-Cortez a 'Transgendered' Joe Biden

Hugh Hewitt

Hugh Hewitt, an MSNBC contributor, admitted he used a "bad word choice" in his attack on the progressive congresswoman.

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A radio host has apologized for making offensive remarks about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Hugh Hewitt, a conservative talk show personality and former MSNBC host, called the newly elected Democratic congresswoman a "transgendered" Joe Biden, in an attack that insulted her intelligence and accused her of a propensity to "say outlandish things."

Ocasio-Cortez "is a wonderful person," Hewitt said with sarcasm Wednesday on Salem Radio Network's The Hugh Hewitt Show. "Sparkling with youthful energy, unmoved by her inexperience, confident in her lack of knowledge, and completely charismatic."

"Joe Biden has actually gone through the time machine and transgendered into Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. This was Joe Biden -- she is going to fill the Biden gap," Hewitt added.

After Media Matters reported on the problematic remarks -- Ocasio-Cortez is cisgender, and the term "transgendered" is offensive to the trans community -- Hewitt apologized Wednesday on Twitter. "Apologies. Bad word choice on a sensitive subject," he stated.

Ocasio-Cortez has often attracted the ire of conservatives for being outspoken on progressive issues, ranging from taxing the wealthy to taking on ICE to her love of RuPaul's Drag Race. A recent attempt to smear her by circulating a video of her dancing in college online backfired and drew comparisons to the religious, dance-hating antagonists in Footloose.

The New York politician, an ally of the LGBTQ community, recently spoke out in support of transgender people at the Women's March on Saturday.

"Let us remember that a fight means no person left behind," she said. "So when people want to stop talking about the issues black women face, when people want to stop talking about the issues that trans women or immigrant women face, we've got to ask them, Why does that make you so uncomfortable? ... This is not just about identity, this is about justice and this is about the America we are going to bring into this world."

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Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.
Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.